February 15, 2024

Express Entry: IRCC Invites Candidates in Latest General Draw – Your Guide to Canadian Immigration

Exciting news for aspiring Canadian immigrants! Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently issued invitations to apply (ITAs) in the latest Express Entry draw, offering hope to 1,490 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 535. This brings the total number of invitations issued in 2024 to 11,470, indicating a positive trend for Canadian immigration.

But what does this mean for you? If you're considering immigrating to Canada through Express Entry, this blog post is your comprehensive guide. We'll delve into the latest draw results, explore new language testing options, and explain what Express Entry is all about.

Latest Express Entry Draw Results (as of February 14, 2024):

Date: February 13

Draw Type: General

Number of ITAs: 1,490

Minimum CRS Score: 535

Comparing Recent Draws


Draw Type Number of ITAs

Minimum CRS Score

February 13, 2024

General 1,490


February 1, 2024

French Language Proficiency 7,000


January 31, 2024

General 730


January 23, 2024

General 1,040


January 10, 2024

General 1,510


Key Takeaways

  1. Lower CRS score requirement: This draw saw a decrease in the minimum CRS score compared to previous draws, suggesting an increased number of candidates receiving invitations.
  2. General draws resume: After the special French language proficiency draw, this draw marks the return to regular general draws, offering wider opportunities.

New Language Test Accepted for Express Entry

Starting January 30, 2024, IRCC now accepts the Pearson Test of English Core (PTE) for all immigration streams except the Student Direct Stream. This expands your options for demonstrating English language proficiency, alongside the CELPIP General and IELTS General Training tests.

Understanding Express Entry:

Express Entry is an application management system for three economic immigration programs:

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): For skilled workers with foreign work experience.
  2. Canadian Experience Class (CEC): For skilled workers with Canadian work experience.
  3. Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTWP): For skilled tradespeople with foreign work experience.

How Does It Work?

  1. Create an Express Entry profile: Share your education, work experience, language skills, and other details.
  2. Get a CRS score: This score is based on your profile, with higher scores indicating stronger candidacy.
  3. Enter the Express Entry pool: Your profile gets ranked against others.
  4. Receive an ITA (if invited): Submit a permanent residence application within 60 days.

Category-Based Selection Rounds

Since May 2023, IRCC introduced additional rounds targeting specific skills and language abilities. These categories offer dedicated draws for candidates in:

  1. French language proficiency: A recent draw invited 7,000 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 365.
  2. Healthcare occupations: Ideal for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
  3. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM): Targets engineers, scientists, and other STEM professionals.
  4. Trades occupations: For skilled tradespeople like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians.
  5. Transport occupations: Targets truck drivers, pilots, and other transportation professionals.
  6. Agriculture and agri-food occupations: Ideal for farmers, agricultural specialists, and food processing workers.

To be eligible for category-based selection:

  1. You must meet the requirements of an Express Entry program.
  2. Your profile must be in the Express Entry pool.
  3. You must demonstrate relevant skills or experience for the specific category.


  1. Express Entry draws are usually held every two weeks.
  2. Stay updated on IRCC announcements for draw details and category-specific information.
  3. Consult immigration professionals for personalized guidance on your eligibility and application process.

With the latest draw and new language test options, the Canadian immigration landscape remains promising. By understanding Express Entry and its nuances, you can increase your chances of receiving an invitation and fulfilling your dream of living and working in Canada!

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Why Choose Pelican Migration Consultants?

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  2. Proven Track Record: Our experienced team has a proven success rate in helping individuals and families migrate to Canada.
  3. Stress-Free Experience: We manage the complexities of the application process, allowing you to focus on preparing for your new life in Canada.

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